Kenya Airways’ budget airline Jambojet will next week introduce three new routes on its local destinations.
The airline will now fly to Lamu, Malindi and Ukunda from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, breathing new life to the hard hit tourism sector in the coast.
“By flying to these destinations, Jambojet will be hoping to tap the anticipated increase in traffic especially to Lamu where the government plans to construct a $5 billion (Sh455 billion) port,” said Jambojet CEO Willem Hondius.
Jambojet, which will mark its first year of operations in April, has been plying the Mombasa, Eldoret and Kisumu routes.
One-way fares on the carrier from Nairobi to Lamu will start at Sh5,950, Nairobi to Malindi Sh4,950, Nairobi to Ukunda Sh4,950, including taxes. The airline will also operate short flights connecting Lamu and Malindi at Sh2,950.
“We have chartered one Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft from DAC Aviation to service the new routes to complement our current fleet of three Boeing 737 planes which are serving the existing routes,” said Mr Hondius. This type of aircraft is capable of operating on shorter runways.
However, the Q400 will also be utilised on Kisumu and Eldoret routes, said Mr Hondius, adding that there were plans to grow its fleet as it eyes new destinations in East Africa.